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Commuter Page: Minding Your Metro Manners

On Sunday's Commuter page (page C2 of The Post's Metro section) we ran a feature about transit etiquette. You can see it here. It contains a lot of those things we talk about here, like keeping your music to yourself, keeping germs to yourself, and so on.

Lena H. Sun, our transit reporter, asked that people send their etiquette questions -- or horror stories -- to her, at, but I got a response, too, and thought I'd share it with you.

Dear Dr. Gridlock:
I hope that this will be a recurring feature because there is one major issue that was not on your list: Performing personal hygiene on the Metro. Please add "Do not clip your fingernails while riding Metro." to your next list.

I cannot tell you how many times in the past year, I have seen someone take out a pair of clippers and start clipping. Needless to say, I move away as quickly as possible. If the trains are packed, this is a difficult process. I don't know why this is occurring so frequently, but this is starting to become a regular part of riding the Red Line trains. Do you know if other lines have riders with the same hygiene habit? It is disgusting!

Jackie Wright

I notice that on all the lines during the morning commutes. Worse yet, I notice there's plenty of personal grooming going on in cars, when people are supposed to have their hands on the wheels and their eyes on the road. But I can't say that I've noticed an increase lately.

My theory: This sort of behavior picks up in the fall, when the later sunrise tempts us to sleep a few minutes later and forces multi-tasking to make up for the lost time. What do you think?

By Robert Thomson  |  October 23, 2008; 12:00 PM ET
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People are disgusting. Pandemic influenza cannot come fast enough.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 23, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

It's odd that you should mention not bringing your bike on during rush hour. Have you ever tried to do that? It's the one thing that gets metro employees out of their booths. I've been early by two minutes and had to sit and wait. So I don't see that as some large problem. Has anyone had problems with bikes on during rush hour?

Posted by: cranor | October 23, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

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